Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Support The Runner's Store

A couple years ago, I was so excited to find out a running store was opening up in my community. Omar from "The Runner's Store" has put on a few running events in that time, and the owner has been a big help for me with shoes, stroller tires, and other running related stuff. The store is awesome, and he's a really great guy.

Here's a great opportunity to support the local running community. Even if you're not local, your help would be much appreciated! Vote for The Runner's Store in the "Boost this Biz" contest. The winner of the contest will receive $10,000 to promote his business. If you are on Facebook, please vote for my friend's business in this contest. This would be a great opportunity for his business and the local running community!

In order to vote, click here, allow the app, like the page, and then vote for The Runner's Store (Omar Ortega). And then, please share with your friends! Thanks!

Here's the link if you need to cut and paste into your browser:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Quick Core Circuit

The core is a vital part of the runner's body, but all too often neglected. In order to help myself focus more on this area, I created this core strengthening routine. I call it my "Quick Core Circuit" because it can be done fairly quickly. It consists of 3 sets of 7 exercises done in succession with no recovery time between each exercise. Each exercise focuses on a different part of the core, so even though you are not resting between exercises, each part is getting a break while another part is being worked. For me, each set takes 7-9 minutes, so the entire workout can be done in as little as 21 minutes. I started this routine a several weeks ago with fewer reps. Listed below is what I am currently doing.

1 - 30 Push ups
2 - 50 Crunches
3 - 60 second Plank
4 - 45 second Side Plank (each side)
5 - 15 Single Leg Hamstring Bridges (each leg)
6 - 30 Supermans
7 - 15 Single Leg Squats (each leg)

I've recently thrown in some clams and side leg lifts to strengthen my hips as I had been having some ITB trouble.

What do you do to strengthen your core?